First Orange BOE Meeting Without Consiglio

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Jan 142013

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The Orange Board of Education meets tonight at 7:30 at Mary L. Tracy School.

This is the first regular meeting since the rather controversial take over that took place at the Dec. 3 meeting.

Orange Live was the ONLY media besides OGAT to cover the events that occurred when former Vice chairman Keith Marquis who did not win a spot on the board as an officer, claimed that the previous month’s board officer’s election was illegal and in the absence of chairman Jeanne Consiglio called for a new election.

In spite of the protests from board members Marquis would not let the issue be tabled until tonight’s meeting and after he was elected as the new chairman and back on board as an officer, he told Superintendent Lynn McMullin not to seek legal advice as to whether THIS election was legal or not.

Even though no other media picked up on this story it did not go unnoticed.

Some called the behavior displayed at the meeting as juvenile, others expressed their dismay that Consiglio had been blindsided while on vacation.

After nearly two decades of being the most disliked board in the BOW area because of the disrespectful way it treated residents during the public participation portion of the meetings and other unbecoming behavior.

Under Consiglio’s leadership the board was polite, accessible and had a good relationship with the superintendent and parents.

There is no telling what will happen now. Consiglio returned from vacation and chose not to raise a stink about the situation.

“The board is all volunteer, and they are good people. I don’t want to give them a black eye by putting a spotlight on what’s been done here,” she said.